Clint Dempsey eyes Champions League spot with Tottenham
Clint Dempsey reveals he joined Tottenham Hotspur to have a greater chance of playing in the Champions League
Clint Dempsey has revealed the chance to play in the Champions League was a key factor behind his decision to join Tottenham Hotspur.
The 30-year-old completed a £6m move to White Hart Lane from Fulham on deadline day, amid interest from Aston Villa and Liverpool.
And the American, who scored 17 Premier League goals last season, admitted he was unhappy with the Cottagers’ handling of his transfer.
“I’m disappointed in the way I was portrayed in the end with Fulham,” said Dempsey.
“I always wanted to play at the highest level possible. That was never a secret. that’s something I always said.
“It would be a dream of mine to play Champions League and you want to play on the best team possible to try to get there.”
Despite the hectic manner in which his move to Spurs was finalised, Dempsey is confident Tottenham will prove to be the right place to further his career.
“I’m very relieved and looking forward to getting back to playing. I think the team is a perfect fit,” he added.
“They qualified for a place last season for the Champions League but missed out on a technicality. But it’s still in London. My family doesn’t have to move far.
“My daughter, she can go to another international school and be on the same curriculum. It couldn’t have worked out any better in that regard.”
Dempsey scored 60 goals in 225 appearances for Fulham after completing a £2m switch to Craven Cottage from MLS outfit New England Revolution in 2006.